Miami Entertainment Law Group/ Open Casting Call

What: Season 4 of Fox‘s MasterChef, starring Chef Gordon Ramsay

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012

Who: Chefs and Culinary Geniuses


On the date of the casting call you will need your application and a banging dish!!!

Good Luck!!!!


Miami Entertainment Law Group/ Open Casting Call


What: Dr. Pepper commercial

Feature Artist: Pitbull

When:  September 17th.

Who: MAIN:       (1) MALE (20′s-30′s; Latin or mixed ethnicity) – PITBULL BODY DOUBLE. Must be Latin or at least light pigmentation to skin (not white White & not African American), 5’7″-5’10″, weighs 170-190 lbs & has his fit, thin build. Must have a shaved head or be willing to shave it. If you can’t dance, please don’t submit for this role.

EXTRAS:  (1) MALE (13-17; Latin or mixed ethnicity) – A YOUNG PITBULL. Ideally 15 yrs old. Must have braids or a hair that can be braided;

(1+) *FEMALES (70+; Hispanic, African American or Caucasian), 70 PLUS  years of age, should be physically fit &/ or dance salsa/meringue well

Email a color snapshot photo, name, age, and all phone numbers and contact info


Dash vs. Mayweather: When Fighting a Champion…It Pays to….Register.

So, you’ve written the next hit song, the next blockbuster movie, or a best seller novel, as the case may be…and you’re wondering…”what do I do now?” “Do I release it and hope for the best….or am I forgetting something?”

The answer to this question depends on whether your goal is to (a) reach the pinnacles of success…and make money or (b) use your money (or someone else’s) to entertain the general public….for free.

Right now you should be thinking that (a) is the better choice; and here’s why….

Recently, Anthony Dash, a South Carolina rapper, brought a lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. accusing Mayweather of copyright infringement. In his complaint, Dash alleges that Mayweather, (Super) Light Middleweight boxing champion, used Dash’s song “Yep” without Dash’s permission. This case reads like a soap opera with community service hours imposed against Mayweather and burning $100 dollar bills…hey..his name isn’t “Money” for nothing.

Although, ultimately, Dash lost his fight and Mayweather walked away with another win under his belt, making his record (44-0); don’t be distracted because the point here is not that Dash lost his fight with Mayweather but rather what was lost…..and why.

Section 504 of the U.S Copyright Act provides that, an infringer of copyright is liable for either —(1) the copyright owner’s actual damages and any additional profits of the infringer; or (2) statutory damages

What you should know is that as an unknown artist or writer, it is often difficult to prove actual damages; however, statutory damages can be granted without a showing of actual harm. But in order to win statutory damages, the work must be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office prior to the infringement.

And this was Dash’s downfall. You see, Dash did not register his song when it was first created; in fact, Dash registered his song AFTER the song was allegedly infringed upon. And since Dash could not establish actual damages his only saving grace was his ability to seek statutory damages; something Dash could not do because he had failed to register the  song prior to the alleged infringement.

Simply put, If Dash had registered his song when it was first created he could have increased his chances of obtaining statutory damages against Mayweather.

MELG Tip: Registering your work provides you with some very important rights…namely, the right to collect statutory damages from an infringer. In fact, registration could mean the difference between a dismissal due to a failure to show actual damages and an award for statutory damages to the tune of $750 to $30,000 dollars.

I’m sure you think you know all about copyrighting your work, but, let me tell you…that mailbox method is for the birds. Spend the $35 dollars and register your work with the United States Copyright Office.

Miami Entertainment Law Group Casting Call Alert


WHO: Universal Records and Grand Hustle/Atlantic Recording Artist

WHAT: 26 Female Models. Model and acting experience preferred
SPECIFICALLY SEARCHING FOR a female Caucasian Model with LOTS of Tattoos, African American Models w/ Dreads, and  identical twins.

WHEN: Monday June 25th at 10:00 AM SHARP!!!

WHERE: Metro Fuxon, 554 Piedmont Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30308

Music Video Shoot will be on Saturday, June 30, 2012

Call is open to models with and w/out agency representation

Contact Justin Hall


Hot off the Press: Inner Circle, The Wives Association by Evelyn Lozada and Courtney Parker

Miami Entertainment Law Group recommends

Inner Circle, The Wives Association by Evelyn Lozada and Courtney Parker.

The Inner Circle takes you into the world of the women who support and love your favorite ball players. This world is not always what it seems and Eve Inez is more than meets the eye. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly, Eve stands tall. This is a must read!!!!

Thank you to the lovely Ms. Courtney Parker….for inviting me on this ride!!!

S/N….check our shout-out on page 287, in the Acknowledgements.

God is Good!!!

Miami Entertainment Law Group/ Open Casting Call Alert

What: Biggest Loser

Where: Planet Fitness, 850 Ives Dairy Road, Miami, Florida

When: June 23, 2012

Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Line up begins at 7:00 am.

Who:  Talent must be a US Resident, must be at least 18 years old and must be looking to lose at least 85 pounds.

Prize: $250,000

Higher Learning: The Hijacking of an Image.

You’ve worked really hard. Hour after hour of long, hard practices, pushing your body to its limit and finally the recruiters have started to call. Yes….this is the moment you’ve been waiting for…. Signing day approaches and you sit down with your coach, your parents and the head coach from your dream college. Someone sets a huge stack of papers in front of you and says “Sign these.” What do you do?

We thought you should know that…buried somewhere in that huge stack of papers is a ticking time bomb called the Student-Athlete Statement or Form 08-3a. Form 08-3a authorizes the NCAA “or a third-party acting on behalf of the NCAA” the right to use a student-athlete’s “name or picture to generally promote NCAA championships or other NCAA events, activities or programs.

This provision is used by the NCAA and its commercial entities to sell everything from jerseys to video games featuring identifiable aspects of student-athletes…except their name…all without sharing the revenue generated by such use with the student-athlete.

In his 2009 class action lawsuit, Mr. Edward O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball star, claimed that NCAA has used Form 08-3a to trick students into signing over their right to profit from the commercial exploitation of their images. This suit claims that Form 08-3a grants the NCAA the freedom to commercially exploit student-athletes by granting companies like Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) and Electronic Arts (EA) the right to profit from the student-athlete’s likeness without compensating the student-athletes. (**Together, the NCAA, CLC and EA has grossed over $10 billion in revenue in the last year alone.)

Although portions of his lawsuit were dismissed, a Federal Court Judge has allowed Mr. O’Bannon’s anti-trust claim to move forward, holding that the terms of the agreement between the NCAA and related third parties can “fairly be read to evidence a ‘meeting of the minds‘ between EA and the other defendants not to compensate former student-athletes.”

The Federal court has refused to grant EA’s motion to dismiss this class action.

So….for the time being…every student-athlete hoping to play for a college team must sign Form 08-3a.  Scary huh?

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